If you’re new to hearing aids, it can be helpful to develop a list of daily habits that you practice to keep your device working well and get the best listening experience possible.
Wear Your Hearing Aids Consistently
Some hearing aid users choose to only wear their device in certain situations where they feel they need the most hearing help while taking it out when they don’t. Unfortunately, this inconsistent use makes it harder for your brain and ears to fully adjust to your new way of hearing and often leads to dissatisfaction for users.
In fact, research shows that users who use their hearing aids more often and in different listening environments reported better hearing and greater satisfaction with their device.
To maximize the benefits you get, only take your hearing aids out if you are sleeping or engaging in an activity where they might get wet, like swimming or showering.
Keep Your Device Clean
To keep your hearing aids working well for the longest amount of time, it’s important that they are well-maintained. Part of that involves cleaning them every night to remove earwax, moisture and other debris that may have collected on them throughout the day. You don’t need to do a deep clean every night. Simply wiping them off with a soft, dry cloth before going to bed will do.
Store Your Hearing Aids Safely
After cleaning your device, it’s important you keep them in a safe place every night. It can be as simple as a spot on your nightstand, however drying boxes that remove moisture, or a charger, if you have rechargeable hearing aids, can be more high-tech choices. Just be sure wherever you keep them, they are safe from moisture, heat and any pets or small children who might reach them.
Keep Extra Batteries on Hand
You’d hate for your hearing aids to lose power when you’re traveling or trying to enjoy a special night out with family and friends. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a few extra hearing aid batteries on you whenever you leave the house. You can keep them in a purse or backpack or make sure to have extras in your car or desk at work.
Communicate Your Hearing Needs
Even with hearing aids, you may find yourself in situations where you are struggling to follow conversations or hear important information. By explaining your hearing loss to others, it makes it more likely that they will make an extra effort to communicate with you in a helpful way and offer any accommodations that may be available.
For more information about helpful daily habits for hearing aid users, call the experts at Midwest Hearing today.